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Good Bye YS-11...  
User currently offlineFrequentflyer5 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 236 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1572 times:

Hate to see it go but the end is here for the YS-11...

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20020630a9.htm

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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
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Dear YS-11-

Goodbye. Dont feel obligated to EVER come back.

Sincerely,
JBLUA320



User currently offlineJiml1126 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1554 times:

The good bye of YS-11 marks the end of the era of Japanese Airplane makers. At least for now.

User currently offlineBWIA 772 From Barbados, joined May 2002, 2200 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1548 times:

JBLUA320, that was cold but cool in a sarcastic way.

Air Caribbean had the audacity to operate those 20 ++ year old aircraft in the english caribbean wid japenese writing on the seat backs. Those that they did refurbished looked ok. Anyway I was suprise that they were so quiet but i could not listen to my disc man on the hour flight.

So I have to agree with JBLUA320.






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User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1543 times:

The YS-11 may indeed be disappearing in Japan but they are alive and well in the Philippines, both cargo and passenger.

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1540 times:

I'm VERY happy to have flown on JA8722 of ANK in March 2000, the only reason I flew on it was to say I had !!

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29786 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1519 times:

One of my things that I had wished I had been able to do was fly on one of Reeve's YS-11's.

But when I was a kid I never got the chance and by the time I worked for them they had been withdrawn from service.

Have heard some horror stories about the size of the belly freight compartment though.



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1494 times:

The YS-11 may indeed be disappearing in Japan but they are alive and well in the Philippines, both cargo and passenger.

According to the latest issue of Propliner magazine, only one YS-11 remains operating PASSENGER services in the Philippines - Asian Spirit's RP-C3217.

Andy


User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

Hmmmm. Reading the article, that makes my long threatened trip to Japan even more important now - need to catch the last few Rice Rockets on film before they all disappear!

Andy


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12397 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1476 times:

I had an opportunity to fly on the YS11 with JAC in February; indeed, I also used my trip to take in another type I wanted to fly on, the 747SR.

Anyway, it's a fine old plane; love the phrase "rice rockets"! I flew from Kagoshima, a major JAC base (JAC is the commuter branch of JAS) to Fukuoka and got some lovely shots, although not - unfortunately - of the cockpit, which is off limits to pax, even after landing.

Very glad I did it now, but sorry I missed the Electra with Reeve and the Viscount, F27 and quite a few other old birds.


User currently offlineL1011 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1665 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1422 times:
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I've been on 27 YS-11 flights, all on Piedmont except for one flight on Mid-Pacific Air. I loved the plane and hated to see it disappear from US skies.

Bob Bradley
Richmond, VA



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User currently offlineTT737FO From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

I don't agree either with the asessment that the "YS-11" is alive and well in the Philippines. When I was at Clark recently, there is a Japan Transocean YS-11 that is pristine, untouched, and gathering dust--hasn't moved since it came over from Okinawa in 1999. It's sitting on the tarmac waiting for a buyer, and it will continue to sit for a long while.

This aircraft has numerous moving parts and is a maintenance hog. The Philippines--with its economic problems--makes for a difficult operating environment unless you have numerous airframes available for canibalization. Asian Spirit (when it has the money to operate) relies on its LET-410s (which also have issues).

I rode in a Southwest Airlines YS-11 from Naha to Kume-Jima in 1992 with my girlfriend. It was a great spacious turbo-prop. Open overhead racks, cute little Okinawan Flight attendants (who spoke skoshi engrish), nice drink service--it was like going back in time 30 years. They even played tropical music when the plane landed in Kume. It was a lot of fun.

Unfortunately, the YS-11 disappeared from the Ryukus in 1999. Japan TransOcean (formerly Southwest) replaced the routes with Ryuku Air Commuter Dash-8s.

Nowadays, you can see the YS-11 in the northern Ryukus (Yoron and Okinerabu). They are operated by Japan Air Commuter throughout the Kagoshima prefecture. The flight attendants are hotties too, they all wear dark blue uniforms with these classy Bulgari scarves.


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3225 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

Air Caribbean indeed had purchased 6 of the type for use on the Trinidad-Tobago domestic service and several regional routes. I flew on them 9 times and found them very smooth but painfully slow, especially compared to the Dash 8s that BWIA subsequently brought in. They were very sturdy planes though. Not all actually entered service - 1 was bought as a freighter but was never flown in that capacity and only 3 were kept active. The others were largely used for parts. C2 then bought 737s in an expansion to MIA that proved ill-timed and was their undoing.

The six YS-11s were idle in POS for several months after C2's collapse in October 2000. They were bought by Trygon Aviation of Southend, England. 1 was flown there and was prepared for onward delivery to a Burundi cargo carrier while 3 others were parted out in POS. The other 2 were stripped of any useful parts and the empty shells are used for fire training. Sadly the one plane flown away was destroyed by fire in November 2001 in Southend.

Trintocan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offline411A From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1826 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 weeks ago) and read 1342 times:

On a recent visit to MNL (March) there were 12 cargo YS-11's (9 being loaded at 10am) and two pax YS-11's, both boarding. These were clearly visible as I was on the airside perimeter road enroute to an exec helicopter for a trip to CRK.
So, yes...alive and well in the Philippines would be correct.
Those that rely on "magazines" for their information...are sometimes sadly mistaken.


User currently offlineHeavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (12 years 2 weeks ago) and read 1332 times:

Flew a Simmons Airlines YS-11 TVC to DTW in the mid 80s. Loud but comfy experience, the ship was a far better ride than the sky pig Shorts 360s that came later. The YS-11 was a true airliner...not a puddle jumper.

User currently offlineMaiznblu_757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 5112 posts, RR: 50
Reply 15, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1282 times:

Dear YS-11-

Goodbye. Dont feel obligated to EVER come back.


Sincerely,
JBLUA320



LMAO! I totally agree!




User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6277 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1278 times:

Very timely post in a way. All the YS-11s that have been stored in Tucson for at least 14 years disappeared 2 or 3 weeks ago. I can't imagine they were scrapped on site, although that is possible, and I haven't seen them at MZJ.
I guess I could just ask.

I love the YS-11.



Quit calling an airport ramp "Tarmac" and a taxiway "runway".
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 59
Reply 17, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1270 times:

It's a real shame to see the YS-11 to go.

It is truly a magnificent aircraft.

I simply love it.

It shall truly be missed.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineCaptaink From Mexico, joined May 2001, 5109 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (12 years 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1266 times:

Oh goodness i agree with BWIA772.. i went I did GND - POS and back on the YS11 for fun really but goodness. the thing has such a high pitch and loud rev.. and it climbs so slow.. and flys so slow.. i was wondering if Trindad moved.. But hey it was an experince.. no regrets.. i can tell my kids i went on one of those..


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